Inspection Check List when Buying a Used Car
This is provided as a convenience to users of our site.
suggests the following tips only as a guide when inspecting a vehicle.
Look at the bodywork of the vehicle, since
this can be one of the most expensive parts to fix. Also, look for any trace
of rust, especially, along the base of the doors and the muffler.
The mileage on a car may not necessarily
indicate how it has been handled. Hence, in addition to looking at the mileage
on the odometer, try to determine a rough estimate of what the actual mileage
should be. Most vehicle owners drive an average of 12,000 miles a year. So,
multiply this by the age of the vehicle. The result should give you a rough
idea of what the odometer should read. Be mindful that it is possible that the
odometer clock has been turned back. Any sign of excessive wear and tear on
the pedals, gear lever and upholstery may be an indication of high mileage.
We suggest that you press down on each corner
of the vehicle and let go. It should not bounce more than twice.
The tires should be inspected for any sign
of abnormal wear, such as uneven tread, damaged rim and side wall. Don't forget
to inspect the spare tire also.
Inspect the vehicle for any sign of uneven
or mismatching paint work and welding. These indicate the probability of collision
Generally, a clean engine suggests the vehicle
has been properly maintained. Also, check underneath the vehicle for oil and
Finally, test-drive the vehicle. It should
start easily and idle smoothly. Note the vehicle's performance on the road,
especially, braking, navigating curves, etc. Just test-drive and draw your conclusions!
Autocrisis.com wishes you Happy Buying!